Residents of Massachusetts may find their grocery store shelves devoid of eggs come January 1st, 2022, unless state lawmakers act quickly to amend a strict new animal welfare law.
Massachusetts voters passed an animal treatment measure back in 2016 that made it illegal to sell eggs from hens who had less than 1.5 square feet of floor space in their enclosures, or roughly the average size of an apartment in New York. That law is scheduled to take effect in 2022 and is threatening to wipe out the supply of eggs in the state.
According to the Boston Globe, egg industry representatives such as the New England Brown Egg Council are predicting that the new rules will decrease the state's current egg supply by approximately 90%.
The moral of the story? Chickens always come home to roost, no matter the size of their enclosure.
They say not to put all your eggs into one basket. That won’t be a problem in Massachusetts, as there won’t be any eggs to put in it at all. The states voters may, figuratively if not literally, end up with egg on their faces.
There is an age-old question: what came first, the chicken or the egg? I don’t know, but it’s clear egg lovers come last. At least in Massachusetts.